Diving Into Studio Portrait Sessions

In our last Behind the Lens blog post, which can be found here, Director and Creator Chris Yates shared the inspiration behind the photos featured in Emmaus: The Nature of the Way. Now, it's time to learn more about how the photos themselves all went down. Read on for more! 


Once the creative pre-production was complete, the logistical side of this massive undertaking was an ordeal on its own. I will often say that the only other time you could get 22 Jesuits to do anything at one time was mass. Now I can say that's true about mass, or also letting a couple of college kids take pictures of them for an hour.

The studio portrait sessions were a controlled chaos. We more or less were able to automate the process between each man but we were shooting for hours and hours without a break. The studio portraits were completed over two weekends. For all the Jesuits who volunteered to participate, they had the option to sign up for a half an hour slot on two separate weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our home base was the Jesuit Community Chapel on the campus of Loyola Marymount University, and we essentially took it over both weekends.

Setup would take about an hour, (which took two hours on the very first day so that we had an hour of testing the setup beforehand.) We started at 7:00 a.m., and unloaded two entire cars full of equipment, which in itself took about 40 minutes. We transformed the chapel into the perfect studio. A special shoutout goes to Bo Hamby for being our trusted assistant for both weekends (and often our photo test subject).


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